Monday, December 31, 2007

George W. Bush's theory on Benazir Bhutto's assasination ;)

If you believed that Saddam Hussein had WMDs, then you should believe in this theory of Dubya's too... or he is just plain paranoid?

Recommend this post

Sunday, December 30, 2007

Benazir Bhutto: Who killed her?

There are already several theories being put forward about the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister, Benazir Bhutto. One of the theories is that Al-Qaeda operatives are responsible - this is the theory put forward by Musharraf and his gang.

But, did Al-Qaeda do it? Highly unlikely.

Why highly unlikely? Because by carrying off such an assassination, they will gain nothing and stand to lose alot.

According to many media reports, top Al-Qaeda operatives (including, some say, Osama Bin Laden himself) are hiding in the border region between Pakistan and Afghanistan. To be safe and protected, these operatives need the help and support of locals.

Al-Qaeda is fanatical, but they are not stupid. By killing a popular Pakistani leader - who has taken on an iconic stature after her death - they will be endangering their own safety as locals would be highly likely to turn against them.

Moreover, if Al-Qaeda can manipulate Musharraf - who has the army behind him - they would have been able to manipulate Bhutto - who doesn't have such military backing - much more easily.

So, who most likely assassinated Bhutto? A more believable theory is that Musharraf and his gang were either directly or indirectly responsible. They had the most to gain... or at least that is what they must have thought.

Bhutto was the biggest threat to Musharraf's monopoly on power. Musharraf's government must have thought that, after she was dead, people would soon forget about her and he could therefore continue his reign. However, what Musharraf and company did not anticipate is the monumental reaction to this assassination, and Bhutto gaining martyrdom status, all of which make Musharraf's hold on power even more tenuous.

My prediction, Musharraf will not survive in power much beyond 2008. He will be forced to resign, but before he resigns he will try to ensure his own protection. Musharraf may consent to another General, who is friendly to him, to take power. If this is the case, then Pakistan is in for many more years of military dictatorship unless this new General seriously messes up.

Regardless of what happens, Pakistan is in for a very rough ride. It is already destabilized because of the War in neighbouring Afghanistan, and the assassination of Bhutto will only make matters worse.

If the Bush administration subscribes to the Musharraf government's official position on this assassination, America will stand to lose further credibility in Pakistan. Also, by the looks of things, Anti-Bush and Anti-American sentiments will only get worse unless a Democrat - who can improve America's image overseas - is elected to the Whitehouse in 2008.

Recommend this post

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Benazir Bhutto assassinated!

The assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto is a tragedy of extraordinary proportions. She was one of the few women who succeeded in becoming a head of state against steep odds. This was especially an accomplishment in Pakistan which is a relatively conservative Muslim country.

The effects of this assassination are being felt not only in Pakistan, but around the World as well. Let’s hope this is not a setback for the establishment of democracy in Pakistan.

The situation in that part of the World is unfortunate, the instability is partially created by what is going on in Afghanistan. There are sections of Pakistani society which do not like any alignment with Bush or his policies, it is probably these people who are responsible for these unfortunate and violent events.

Upon reviewing recent media reports on the Bhutto assassination, and upon seeing the flip-flops of the Musharraff government on the assassination, one feels the strong suspicion that the Musharraff government was either directly or indirectly involved in the assassination. In any event, it doesn't look good on Musharraff and he may be in even deeper trouble than he was before.

Recommend this post

Friday, December 21, 2007

A Giant Rat discovered in Washington D.C. - Any relation to species found in Indonesia?

Giant rat discovered in Indonesia jungle
Finding new species of mammals in the 21st century is considered very rare

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Researchers in a remote jungle in Indonesia have discovered a giant rat and a tiny possum that are apparently new to science, underscoring the stunning biodiversity of the Southeast Asian nation, scientists said Monday. Click here to read more.

Recommend this post

Friday, December 14, 2007

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Quebec and Ontario separate (or break away) from the Feds on the issue of the Environment

Canada assailed from all sides at climate talks
Quebec's Line Beauchamp and Ontario's John Gerretsen made it clear that Ottawa does not speak for their provinces, which together account for almost two-thirds of the national population. Click here to read more.

Recommend this post

Monday, December 10, 2007

Baird in Bali for Bush

No climate deal without U.S. signing: Baird
BALI, Indonesia -- Canada's environment minister has dismissed the notion of signing a climate-change treaty without the United States, saying it would handicap the Canadian economy without reversing greenhouse gases. Click here to read more.

Recommend this post

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Who is smarter? Chimp or The Chimp

Are You Smarter Than a Chimpanzee?
If the existential malaise of yet another Monday hasn't already got you down, here's something more: chimpanzees are probably better than you at math. Click here to read more.

Recommend this post

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Bernard Lord finally, finally, gets an appointment from Stephen Harper

Harper names Lord head of bilingualism committee
Former New Brunswick premier Bernard Lord will head a committee on official languages, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced Monday. Click here to read more.

Why appoint Lord as languages advisor?
"Bernard Lord's appointment is a patronage appointment - a payoff to a political friend - and it won't help the francophone community at all," said Yvon Godin, the Acadie-Bathurst NDP MP who is his party's critic for official languages.

"We don't need Bernard Lord to tell us what we already know." Click here to read more

Recommend this post

Sunday, December 02, 2007

Congressman Dennis Kucinich, Brown and Black Presidential Debate

Iowa stormy, but debates relatively calm

...Kucinich drew laughs when he asked himself a question: whether it was true that he was the only candidate at the forum proposing a universal, not-for-profit healthcare system to cover 46 million uninsured and 50 million under-insured Americans.

"It is true," Kucinich said. "It's time that we see healthcare as a basic right in a democratic society, not a privilege based on ability to pay." Click here to read more.

Recommend this post

Arnold Schwarzenegger: Harper and Baird reveal their true colours

Recommend this post